Teeth in full working order

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Woman smiling showing complete teethWhen it comes to replacing lost teeth, what people really want is something that will work as well as their originals, not something that only does part of the job. That’s why more and more people are choosing the benefits of dental implants in Leeds.

In Leeds, dental implants are the only option that can give people back teeth that can bite into and chew any kind of food they want to eat, even crunchy apples and chewy steaks. Only dental implants will stay put when they laugh and talk, and only dental implants will do all this while supporting their other teeth. These wonders of dental technology are available from various dentists in Leeds, such as Enhance Dental.

The reason dental implants in Leedshave the edge over other kinds of tooth restorations, such as denture and bridges, is that they replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. Dentures and bridges instead rely on either suction to the gums, or on being fixed to neighbouring healthy teeth.

As far as dentures go, they give about 25% of the chewing power of natural teeth. This limits food choices to soft foods and cuts out a great many nutritious foods that are crunchy or sticky, such as apple and steaks.

Bridges use neighbouring healthy teeth for support, but in doing so, require them to be ground down into buttresses covered in crowns, and they can never be functional teeth in their own right again.

By replacing the root of the tooth, dental implants give a stability for the crowns that enable them to sustain multidirectional chewing forces of 97kg or 200lbs. These artificial tooth roots also keep the jaw strong and healthy by transmitting the vibrations that signal that the jaw is still being used for chewing.

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Without some kind of root there in the jaw to do this, the bone cells instead start to dissolve themselves in a process called resorption, through which the jawbone can lose up to 25% of its size and density in the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants can fulfil both the important jobs of teeth, neither of which the alternatives can do.